Is There A Latest Time To Eat For Weight Loss And Management

Is there a latest time to eat for weight loss and weight management?  We have all heard the theories: no carbs after 6pm, no foods after 9pm, and the list goes on. While many diets, especially those supposedly favored by celebrities, state we shouldn’t be eating after various times in the evening, is there necessarily any truth to this?

Timing of Meals

Research has shown that your body may deal with the same meal in various ways throughout the day. After about 2pm your body starts to produce different levels of insulin and has a different response to sugar than it would for the same meal eaten earlier in the day. Apparently this is even more so in females. The answer to this? Keep away from those high GI foods (think processed sugars such as candies) after lunch.

* Eating Breakfast
is recognized as being the most vital meal of the day, especially for weight loss. The reasons? Firstly, your body has not received any nutrition while you have been sleeping. No food after 8, 10, or 12 hours means that your body needs some sustenance to fire up your metabolism first thing in the morning. Yes, you will actually be better off from a metabolic point if you eat something than if you skip breakfast.

Secondly, those people who skip breakfast tend to end up consuming more calories throughout the day. The reason? After missing breakfast these folks tend to eat more sugar, more calories, and more carbs in the latter half of the day than their counterparts who do eat breakfast. Not only that, but the calories and carbs have been eaten at the wrong end of the day.

* Dinner.
We can’t all eat, or even want to eat, our dinner before 6 or 7 pm. Work, gym, life, there are many reasons to make this logistically impossible for many. Dinner should be a small serving of low fat quality protein such as fish, or poultry, along with salads or vegetables. Avoid high GI foods and opt for low GI whole grains for rices and pastas. Skip the seconds and dessert.

* Late night snacks. There is a difference between a healthy before bed time snack and mindless eating after dinner in front of the TV or laptop. Obviously, eating a carton of ice cream, or a block of chocolate is not going to help you lose weight. When are you going to burn off those empty calories?

* Healthy late night snacks
include things like a glass of low fat calcium enriched milk. Low fat protein sources such as yogurt or cottage cheese are also great selections. Your body will be able to use the protein while you are sleeping to strengthen your muscles. (Important for those who participate in a lot of strength training.)

Conclusion.

When it comes to weight loss, the most important factor of all is to ensure that your diet is calorie deficient. In other words, you are burning more calories than you are consuming. Eating a little less, or more correctly, and exercising effectively, are 2 ways to achieve this. Eating breakfast is an important component for both weight loss and healthy weight management. Smaller low GI dinners will help to compensate for the body’s altered response to sugars eaten later in the day.

3 Simple Tips To Maintain Your Ideal Body Weight

What is your ideal body weight? Is it the lowest possible number on the bathroom scales? Is it the equivalent of fitting into size 0 jeans? Is it looking like Mr. Universe? The answer is not necessarily. Your ideal weight is a range calculated from the Body Mass Index Calculator, which takes into account height and gender as factors determining your healthy weight range.

Your ideal weight will minimize your chances of heart disease, stroke, some forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. The less pounds you are lugging around, the less of a burden you are placing on the joints in your lower spine, hips, and knees. Your ideal body weight range will be where you feel comfortable and healthy in yourself.

Once you have reached the magic dress or jeans size, the trick is then to maintain it. Going back to your former eating habits and abandoning your workout routine entirely will have the pounds creeping back on. Before you know it you will be back in your fat clothes. How to keep the pounds from piling back on?

* Regular exercise is one of the best possible ways to keep a check on your weight. Working out not only burns energy, and tones muscle, but will also speed up your resting metabolism. This means that your body will be running more efficiently and burning more calories at rest for longer. While you may no longer have to work out as often as when you had to exercise to lose belly fat, you will still have to workout or perform some sort of physical activity, at least 3-4 times weekly. Selecting activities that you enjoy is a great way of ensuring that you keep it up.

* Eat balanced meals.
Rigidly starving yourself is not achievable long term. Strive for healthy well balanced meals that are both tasty and nutritious. Keep the meals and snacks that you enjoyed from your diet. Slowly bring back other foods that you may enjoy that are not so healthy.

Keep the unhealthy snacks and meals to a minimum on perhaps a once a week level. Total deprivation will only result in frustration, boredom and binges. However, eating the pizza, deep fried chicken, or sweeties on a daily basis may have you quickly back where you started from. Some people find that once they have banished the unhealthy foods from their lifestyle that they really don’t miss them or crave them. If this is you, then leave well alone.

* Plan ahead for both physical activity and meals.
Packing healthy snacks and salads for meals throughout the day can ensure that you are not left starving with only take away to solve your problem. If your days are hectic, try for an early morning walk or workout before the rest of the day interferes. If your diary is telling you that there is some serious calorie intake coming up, try to be a little more careful with what your are eating, and perhaps squeeze in a little more exercise, both before and after, to compensate.

Conclusion.

Maintaining your ideal body weight is all about planning ahead and permanent lifestyle changes. Incorporating pleasurable physical activities as well as healthy and sensible eating will be much easier to maintain long term then 5 hours daily in the gym and living on raw salad.